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Hawke's Bay herds TB free

Hawke's Bay has received an all clear from the Animal Health Board (AHB) as there are now no herds infected with bovine tuberculosis in the region.

Timahanga Station off the Napier Taihape Road had the last herd to be given a clear status.

West Coast DHB exceeds surgery targets

More West Coasters than ever had surgery performed at the DHB during the last financial year.

This one of the key results that has become apparent and the figures from the 2010/11 financial year are processed.

Tips to prevent and treat gas poisoning - St John

Tips to prevent and treat gas poisoning - St John

St John Medical Director Dr Tony Smith:

As heaters are being cranked up during this cold blast, St John has timely reminder first aid tips for the prevention and treatment of gas poisoning.

Lead Therapeutic developments for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer

Sydney - Biosceptre International Limited has today announced a funding agreement with Silvercrest Investment Holdings Limited for the development of a lead therapeutic, BSCT, for the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), the most commonly occurring cancer indication.

Near record food prices keep poor on edge

Near record food prices keep poor on edge

Washington - Global food prices are at high levels and when combined with continued volatility, put the poorest people in the developing world at continued risk, according to the World Bank Group's Food Price Watch released today.

Measles continues to spread in unimmunised teenagers

Measles continues to spread in unimmunised teenagers

There are now 19 positive cases of measles, eight of which are secondary cases (came in contact with a case), in the Waikato District Health Board area.

There is one probable case pending.

Bay of Plenty toxic shellfish warning lifted

Bay of Plenty toxic shellfish warning lifted

A health warning advising against the collection and consumption of shellfish along the coastline from Mount Maunganui to the Whakatane Heads in the Eastern Bay of Plenty was issued in May 2011.

This warning has now been lifted.

DHB exceeds Maori immunisation target

DHB exceeds Maori immunisation target

Childhood immunisation rates for Maori children are a success story for the Bay of Plenty region.

Immunisation rates for the total Bay of Plenty region stand at 88 percent while the Maori immunisation rates are currently at 92 percent.

Plunket backs report into investment in children

New Zealand's largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five supports a report released today by the Every Child Counts coalition.*

Cold comfort for hospital staff

Cold comfort for hospital staff

News that workers at a Dunedin hospital have had to trek more than 10 kilometres in the snow to get home sets a dangerous precedent for both health workers and the essential services they provide, Labour's Health spokesperson Grant Robertson says.